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DNS Ping Scans via Open Resolvers
Published on April 2, 2019

Our last post covered some of the ways that Rumble gathers information from DNS services. While working on the tracer implementation, we identified a trick that other folks might find it useful. It turns out that most DNS resolvers do not filter the address ranges they will contact when handling a request, allowing for remote subnet “ping scans” with a little work. This technique isn’t foolproof, and is probably not new, but it may have interesting security implications.